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The Best New Sydney Restaurants And Bars Of 2021 (So Far)

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / March 10, 2021

2021 might just be getting started, but there’s already a stack of top-notch new restaurants to add to your radar.

Bar Elvina, Avalon

While it might have technically opened at the tail-end of 2020, this new spot certainly deserves inclusion. Bar Elvina is the fun new wine bar that has recently landed in Avalon (run by the co-owner of Acme and Prince of York). Find out more here.

Cartel Chippendale

Cartel, Chippendale

Meet Chippendale’s new buzzing South American restaurant, Cartel. Think Mexican tacos (juicy pulled pork on a bed of slaw with sweet heat from a Guajillo Chilli Jam is a standout), Colombian Empanadas (made with maize milled in-house), and Peruvian Cevicharia (such as kingfish served in a refreshing, limey aguachile). Find out more here.

Image: Kitti Gould

Fish Shop, Bondi

Meet Fish Shop, offering a brand-new take on a modern fish shop. It’s set to deliver a fine meet casual dining experience, straddling the line between a restaurant, bar, and old-fashioned fish shop. Expect a counter-service restaurant sling sustainably sourced seafood paired with vibrant salads and modern vegetable dishes. Find out more here.

Jung Sung, Chippendale 

Jung Sung celebrates traditional Korean cuisine with a whimsical, modern, and sophisticated offering. The menu is Korean cuisine, but not as you know it – and no Korean BBQ insight. Read our full review here. 

Pistou Restaurant & Wine Bar, Newtown

Pistou is Newtown’s new French-meets-Mediterranean 50-seat, eat-in deli, and wine bar. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s the perfect place for a long lunch or to pop in for a cheeky vino and nibbles.

Designed to offer rustic charm, the venue has a welcoming vibe and is reminiscent of a homely space somewhere in the French Provence. Ensuring you know what’s on offer, a large cabinet displays a wide and tempting selection of charcuterie and cheeses. Find out more here. 

P&V Wine Merchants, Paddington

For fans of all things funky, wild, and maybe a little bit sour, you’ll be familiar with P&V Wine Merchants. Located in the heart of the inner west on Enmore Road, this top-notch bottle shop is the go-to spot for anyone searching for a killer drop, delicious brew or stellar spirit.

And now, the P&V team has expanded with a new venue in the east. Say hello to P&V Wine & Liquor Merchants Paddington, the all-new bottle shop and bar (with a restaurant coming soon). Find out more here.

Soul Deli, Surry Hills

After a light rail and pandemic affected their launch, Soul Dining is now a well-established fixture on the Sydney fine dining scene, offering up high-end Korean fare from its Surry Hills base. It only makes sense that Daero Lee and Illa Kim, the husband and wife team behind the restaurant, have embarked on their second venture, Soul Deli which is located only a few minutes away. Read out full review here.

Sunday, Potts Point

Meet SUNDAY, the new restaurant and bar bringing hearty mains and playful takes on the classic roast chook to Potts Point. This established foodie suburb is no stranger to culinary talent, now joined by Morgan McGlone (Owner and Head Chef at Belles Hot Chicken) and Chef Ryan Blagrove (Head Chef at Apera) who will be heading up the newly-launched SUNDAY. Find out more here.

Have we missed your favourite new restaurant or bar? Let us know! Get in touch with us at newsletter@eatdrinkplay.com.au.

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